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delude (someone or oneself) into (something)
To cause someone to believe something that is not true. I don't know how she deluded herself into thinking that she could continue to live in this dangerous neighborhood. My husband had deluded me into thinking that he had forgotten my birthday so that he could surprise me with a party.
delude (someone) with (something)
To use something to induce someone to believe falsehoods. The realtor must have deluded Elizabeth with lies—why else would she have moved into such a dangerous neighborhood?
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delude someone into something
to fool someone into thinking something. You can't delude me into believing you. Todd deluded himself into believing he was back at home.
delude someone with something
to fool or trick someone with something. She deluded us with her clever talk. Don't delude yourself with false hopes.
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